KDU Students Learn From Paramount Group CEO Jeffrey Chew In The First Tea Time With CEO Session

Participants indulging in the Malaysian spirit of “makan” before the start of the talk Mr. Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong is in the midst of sharing some of his personal stories as students listened intently
Mr. Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong (centre) with all the participants.   
The KDU Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) recently organised its first Tea Time with CEO session, an initiative under its Career Exploration pillar, with the intention to provide opportunities for high achievers and student-leaders to hear from industry leaders and learn from their experiences. Past endeavours associated with the Career Exploration initiative were industry visits to Maxis and BFM, as well as the PAC Camp.
In this inaugural Tea Time with CEO session, twenty-three students – who were nominated from different programmes – were invited to meet with Mr. Jeffrey Chew Sun Teong, the Group CEO and Executive Director of Paramount Corporation Berhad. Having developed a career in the banking industry, Chew was appointed Director and Chief Executive Officer in OCBC in 2008 and had led the organisation prior to his appointment at Paramount. Students were excited to be able to have a sit-down session with him in person. “I feel very honoured to be selected for this session,” commented Tan Yue Meng, a Diploma in Accountancy student.
The event began at 4pm with a high tea session and was held at the Corporate Boardroom in KDU University College’s Utropolis Glenmarie campus. KDU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hiew Pang Leang, opened the session with an introduction of Chew, who then proceeded to engage students with his experiences in the industry. In his sharing, he talked about personal challenges and the incidents which led him to make certain choices in his career pathway.
Chew’s affable nature and down-to-earth approach seemed to resonate with the students, who benefitted from his personal stories and had many questions for him. They asked about their career pathways, leadership as well as the transferability of their courses to the careers. Some even wanted to know about how to deal with fear of failure. Chew fielded each question, sharing from his wealth of experience.
As the high tea came to a close by 6pm, the students shared that they felt inspired by the session. Foong Xian Rong, who is pursuing a Bachelor in Business Management and Finance programme, shared, “This inspired me to achieve more in the future, to believe that age is not what matters, but experience, determination, work hard and play hard is the key to success.” 
Another student Lim Ker Ryn, from the Cambridge A Levels programme, commented, “It was definitely an opportunity that hardly comes by! It was definitely a great experience and I was truly inspired.”
The Career Exploration initiative will be holding its next event, the KDU Internship Fair on 8 November 2016.